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WCC general secretary appeals for peaceful settlement between Congo and Rwanda

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia has urged Joseph Kabia and Paul Kagame, the presidents, respectively, of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and of the Republic of Rwanda, to "resolve the current crisis in the border area between Congo and Rwanda through dialogue, mediation and peaceful settlement".

WCC general secretary makes first visit to churches in Asia and the Pacific

On his first trip to the Asia and Pacific regions since taking office, WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia will visit member churches and ecumenical organizations in Hong Kong, Australia and Fiji from 5 to 15 July. Kobia will also spend time with refugees, asylum-seekers and indigenous communities in Australia, and focus on HIV/AIDS in the Pacific.

Georgian Orthodox leader willing to resume collaboration with WCC

The head of the Georgian Orthodox Church has expressed his willingness to resume collaboration with the World Council of Churches (WCC) following the first meeting of senior staff of the ecumenical body with the leadership of the church since its withdrawal from WCC in 1997.

WCC general secretary comments on International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary, commented today on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture being commemorated tomorrow, Saturday, 26 June 2004:

Faith to play feature role at international AIDS conference

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WCC general secretary visits Germany

The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia will visit Germany from 28 June to 2 July. This is Kobia’s first official visit to Germany since taking office in January 2004.

July 2004

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Former director of WCC's Programme to Combat Racism receives highest South African order

Baldwin Sjollema, first director of the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) Programme to Combat Racism (PCR), received the Oliver Tambo Order from South African president Thabo Mbeki on 16 June 2004 in Pretoria.

WCC calls for an International Year of Indigenous Languages in 2006

A delegation from the World Council of Churches' (WCC) Indigenous Peoples Programme has called for a UN-sponsored “International Year of Indigenous Languages” in 2006.

Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture leaders to meet WCC general secretary

Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture leaders

WCC general secretary praises Sudan's peace agreement

Cf. Press Release PR-04-07 of 17 May 2004

WCC films win top prizes

Two films produced by the World Council of Churches in co-operation with Peter Williams and Anders Laugesen DR1/Fakta; Denmark earned top honours at recent international festivals.

June 2004

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WCC urges Sudan government to end hostilities and human rights violations in Darfur

Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary, commented today on the situation in Sudan's Darfur region:

WCC and UN general secretaries discuss Iraq, Israel/Palestine, role of religion

Annan welcomes proposal to mark International Day of Peace with prayer